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Houston Outlaws release Assistant Coach as OpTic Gaming shakeup continues

Published: 9/Oct/2018 11:12 Updated: 6/Nov/2018 14:31

by Joe O'Brien

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Houston Outlaws assistant coach Kyle ‘KyKy’ Souder has parted ways with the team.

The move ends a rather brief spell with the team for KyKy, who joined the Outlaws towards the end of Season One, having spent the first three stages as head coach of a struggling Dallas Fuel.

So far, the Outlaws have made fairly minimal changes to their team for Season Two. The three players that left the roster were those that saw minimal play-time in Season One, though two remain with the organization in different capacities. 

Only one player has been added to the Outlaws roster so far, with Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz joining from San Francisco Shock. The team has two spots remaining to fill if it chooses to, with the free agent signing window having opened to all teams on October 8.

KyKy’s departure is the latest in a series of changes across the Infinite Esports & Entertainment group, which includes OpTic Gaming and Houston Outlaws. KyKy himself alluded to his departure being connected to more widespread change at the organization.

Other recent changes include the departure of League of Legends General Manager Romain Bigeard, and Infinite’s Director of International Development Ali ‘Alicus’ Saba. OpTic Gaming also parted ways with their DotA 2 team in the wake of a top-8 finish at The International 2018.

In Overwatch, the organization also recently suffered a setback after their academy team, GGEA, was removed from Contenders NA for missing the roster deadline. 

Many have speculated that the turmoil within Infinite Esports & Entertainment began when they cut ties with one of their investors, Steven Hays, following his arrest over an alleged attack on his wife, potentially resulting in some financial troubles for the organization.

More recently, OpTic content creator Hitch suggested that owner and CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez could return to a more active role in the organization, following a slightly more hands-off period in the wake of OpTic’s acquisition.

Full disclosure: OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.